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Friday, September 17, 2010

Olive Salad

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I haven't been blogging to much lately because plain old life just got in the way and I have this horrible cold that has been lingering on for 2 weeks almost. Just can't shake it.........I have been cooking but got lazy pulling out the camera.........I always put each camera in a different place and then can't find it. Same old story with me.

I'm not sure where I got this recipe but I've had it for years.........if my memory serves me correct I think one of my husband's friend's wife gave it to me. I collect lots of recipe and forget to write where it was adapted it from. But lately I've been good and jot down the source.

This is one of my daughter's fave side salads...........she can inhale the whole bowl herself and that will be her dinner. I come from an Eastern Europe background so when I was growing up we only had olives my Mom would buy when guests would come over...........and those were for 'Martini's'. I don't remember seeing any at my friend's home either. But when I got married to a Turk 25 years ago, he was eating them for breakfast. They were those huge black Kalamata olives, for the first year I couldn't swallow an Olive early in the morning, too salty and well it wasn't breakfast food for me. Now with a piece of bread and cheese I can down a couple of Olives. Quite frankly I've begun to really love Olives now, I guess I got use to the tasteand we always have a variety in the fridge, because in the old days I only thought they had those stuffed green olives. Couldn't figure out if they grew like that or someone stuffed them and thought 'man they sure would take a long time to stuff each one'. Hey.......I was a lil' kid then.

1 cup green pimento stuffed olives, chopped
2 small Roma tomatoes, peeled, sliced and diced
2 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Fresh Black Pepper

Firstly I put the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute, then took out and put into ice water for a minute or so and then the skins come off very easly.

In a medium bowl add the chopped olives, diced tomatoes and chopped green onions along with the chopped parsley.

Mix olive oil and lemon in a small bowl and pour over the olive mixture............*I like to use Canola Oil as it has a milder taste with the olives...... but it is what you prefer.

*****This is also yummy as a topper for hamburgers off the grill.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!!!!!!


  1. Looks good Erica...hope you are feeling better!

  2. Wonderful idea. I can't wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing,
    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  3. I love olives, but I'm the only one in the family who does. But I do have some friends who really love them, so maybe I'll make it next time I head to their place? Your pictures make me want reach out and take a forkful!

  4. Yes, get well soon! I'm laughing at you trying your first olive for breakfast!! I think I'd do better with your yummy salad at lunch or dinner...

  5. Saw this on annkroeker. Looks wonderful! We usually only keep black olives on hand, but I love all kinds. I'll be buying some green ones to make this. I think it would be a good side dish to the eggplant casserole that was also listed.

  6. I have grown to really love good olives! I like your suggestion to have this side on a burger. I'm going to try it! Thank you for sharing. ~Alison

  7. What a great looking salad! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again!